The St. Louis Cardinals are struggling. Cardinal Nation is stirring over their beloved team’s mediocre performance through the season’s first 61 games.
The Cardinals dropped three of four to Kansas City this week and are 31-30 on the season.
"I think we all know we're not playing to our potential," Thursday's losing pitcher Michael Wacha told Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Pressure is mounting on general manager John Mozeliak, manager Mike Matheny and the players.
The Cardinals have yet to form an identity in 2014. The offense is sputtering, the defense is shaky, the rotation is inconsistent and the bullpen is exhausted.
If the Cardinals can’t get themselves out of their current funk, Mozeliak’s hand might by forced. Even if they continue to hover around .500, a deal or two at the trade deadline could provide a jolt to this club.
If Mozeliak opts to make a few trades, who are the potential candidates to trade away? And why?
Let’s take a look at a few players Mozeliak should consider dealing at the deadline.